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The Black Hound is a Super Vehicle used by the Ptolemaic Army, and serves as a secret mid-boss in Metal Slug 5.


A disc containing top secret data for the next-generation of Metal Slug vehicles was stolen by the Ptolemaic Army. Using this data, they created the experimental SV-001/III "Black Hound", which is similar to the original Metal Slug but painted black with devilish eyes and a smile. According to its description in Metal Slug Defense and Metal Slug Attack, it is an unmanned vehicle designed to function autonomously.

In addition to the Vulcans and main cannon, the Black Hound also features a rapid-fire mortar on the back accompanying the Vulcans, along with a laser gun mounted on a mechanical arm that deploys from and retracts into the entry hatch on the turret. Its armor and agility is also improved from the original SV-001 Metal Slug. The range of its cannon also appears to have a higher projectile velocity than the original's. It could also perform jumping shots using the cannon.

This heavily-armed vehicle was undergoing field testing within the "Corridor of Fire", where for reasons unknown, it had become rampant, killing everything in sight. This is evidenced when, at the second fork after the lower path in the first one, sounds of soldiers and Natives are heard screaming as they are killed off by the malfunctioning Slug.

In Metal Slug 5's debug levels, another Black Hound tank can be found and fought like in Mission 1, but only in an unused area of Mission 3. This also suggests that the Ptolemaic Army was planning on producing more than one of these unmanned Slugs.

Boss Synopsis

The Black Hound appears in an area at the left side of the second fork, using its cannon, mortar, Vulcan guns, and laser. The boss fight can be somewhat tricky for newer players, as its attacks are fast and dangerous. As it uses its weapons against the player, it can also plow into them at high speed, but it can easily be dodged due to its build-up time.

In Other Games

Metal Slug Advance

The Black Hound appears as a playable Slug. The player can access the Black Hound by finding its corresponding card and activating it. It will use the mortar (essentially an Enemy Chaser-style weapon with unlimited ammo) as a replacement for its Vulcans.

Metal Slug Attack

The Black Hound returns as a Rare unit; parts can be bought in the Battle shop. Multiple variants are also introduced.

Metal Slug Attack introduces various vehicles controlled by sentient A.I. starting with MS-Alice, who is created by Marco and controls the SV-001. The Black Hound would later get an artificial intelligence of its own in Little Lady Black, who is created by Caroline.


002340.gif Black Hound: The original version.
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Black Hound Type-R: A reformed version of the original Black Hound, sharing the same attacks but with greater durability and cyan plating. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.


Black Hound Ver. Expedition: A brown plated version of the Black Hound deployed by the Land Blowfish. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
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Golden Hound: A golden-plated version of the Black Hound which specializes in close-quarters combat by activating its laser and ramming the enemy at very high speed. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.
Little Lady Black: A Black Hound with AI created by Caroline resembling a young punk girl. This Black Hound has been customized with stealth technology to hide the tank, though it occasionally becomes visible for brief moments of time. Appears in Metal Slug Attack.



  • In early Metal Slug Advance gameplay footage, the Black Hound was presented in much the same way as it was in Metal Slug 5 - including the laser gun, the mortar on its back and Vulcans. Much of the features however was cut later in development, possibly due to memory constraints and/or to prevent the Black Hound from becoming overpowered.
  • When defeated, the Black Hound self-destructs in a similar manner to that of the SV-001 when its health meter reaches 0, right down to the Vulcans flying off of it. The exception lies in its remains however, which do not explode.
  • Concept art for the Black Hound depicts the laser weapon as being mounted with the Vulcans and mortar, but it was moved to the inside of the vehicle beneath the entry hatch in the final game.
  • Also, in MSD/MSA its Vulcans are gray, while the in-game sprite in Metal Slug 5 is the same color as the rest of the Black Hound itself. Its missile compartment in MSD/MSA is a lighter shade than the dark shade of MS5; its laser weapon is the same, however.
Metal Slug 5
Heroes Marco Rossi | Tarma Roving | Eri Kasamoto | Fio Germi
NPCs POW | Rumi Aikawa | Madoka Aikawa | Hyakutaro Ichimonji | Ptolemaic Army
Enemies Ptolemaic Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Sniper | Mortar | Natives | Commander | Masked Soldiers | Wall Drone | Units | Sensor Mine | Bat | Maggot | Jellyfish | Squid
Enemy Vehicles Di-Cokka | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | M-15A Bradley | Jet Hammer-Yang | Mini-Sub 88 | Landseek | A.P.C. | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | Ptolemaic Slug | Ptolemaic Saucer
Bosses Metal Rear | Shooting Ray | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Gaia Elephant

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Enemy Chaser | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Drop Shot | Two Machine Guns | Grenade
Slugs SV-001 | Slug Flyer | Slug Mariner | Slug Gunner | Slug Mobile | Augensterm
Missions "Heavy African" | "Windy Day" | "Intrigue" | "Run Through" | "Last Ditch Resistance"
Other Transformations | RA-TTT
Unused Flame Shot | Ptolemaios | Stone Turtle | Pink Zombies | The Jet | "Achilles" | "Tabomba"
Metal Slug Advance
Heroes Walter Ryan | Tyra Elson
NPCs POW (Names) | Rumi Aikawa | Allen O'Neil Jr. | Rebel Army | Regular Cadets
Enemies Rebel Infantry | Fanatics | Grenade Soldier | Bazooka Soldier | Shielded Soldier | Bikers | Rebel Rifleman | Mortar | Cannon Diver | Rocket Diver | Natives | Japanese Infantry | Bat | Cabracan Pod
Enemy Vehicles T-2B Melty Honey | Nop-03 Sarubia | Girida-O | R-Shobu | MH-6S Masknell | Flying Tara | Turrets | Balor
Bosses Formor | Emain Macha | Kaladgolg | The Keesi III | Cabracan

Allen Jr.

Weapons Heavy Machine Gun | Rocket Launcher | Shotgun | Flame Shot | Enemy Chaser | Iron Lizard | Super Grenade | Drop Shot | Grenade | Fire Bomb | Armor Piercer
Slugs SV-001 (SV-001 Type-R) | Slug Flyer | Slug Gunner | Black Hound
Other Cards | Items | PA33-21 Boat
Enemy Vehicles and Armed Structures
Rebel Army
Combat Di-Cokka | Bull Chan | Girida-O | Iron Iso | Melty Honey | MV-280B | Mini-Bata | M-15A | LV Armor | MV-280C | Metal Duck | Redback | "Blaze Tank" | Recycle Box | Bit Tank | Nantes' Tank | Vortex | 808Z Train | Marinesk | Fight Cab
Support Rebel Van | MV-280A | Dararin Dara Dara | M34 3-Ton Truck | Landseek | Nop-03 Sarubia | TM-1 Missile | Parachuetruck | Morden Bus | MG-36 | Ferry Boat | Subway | Turrets | Space Tank | Walking Locomotive/Iron Cab | Mine Carts
Aerial R-Shobu | MH-6J Masknell | Flying Tara | Eaca-B | Naglfar | Armed Tiltrotor
Marine Hammer-Yang | Jet Hammer-Yang | U25U | Mini-Sub 88
Vigilance Mosque Artillery | Balor | Scrap Tower
Other Armies
Division 6 Japanese Tank Soldier | Null Fighter
Martians Mini-UFO | Dai-Manji | Rugname | Mars Walker | Mars Gigantalos | Mars Sweeper | Pauline's Mech
Invaders Invader UFO | Flying Shelt | Tripod | Purple King
Ptolemaic Black Hound | Hover Vehicle | Hover Unit | A.P.C. | Ptolemaic Slug | Units | Ptolemaic Saucer | Gaia Elephant | Stone Turtle | Towa's Mech | D-001 Tanbal | Unit Suit | Lucy's Frog Mecha | GIP-03 Bergenia | Air Board | Hammer DX5005 | Vermilion Tank | Tatyana's Mech | Snordon | Glidron
Other Mummy Generator | Water Tar | Iron Fortress | Kaguya's Samurai Mech | Maya's Excavator | Sharifa's Golem | Super Vibration Cutter | Stray Demon | Pumpkin Head
Unused KT-21 | "The Jet" | "Scrap Fan"
Regular Army Vehicles, Slugs, and Artillery
Mechanized SV-001 | SV-001 Type-R | Slug Copter | Slug Flyer | Slug Sub | Astro Slug | Slug Gunner | Slugnoid | LV Armor | Walking Machine | Slug Mariner | Drill Slug | Bradley | Metal Claw | Forklift | Slug Mobile | Augensterm | Protogunner | Slug Digger | Slug Trolley | Slug Armor | Slug Gigant | Golden Slug | Slug Attacker | Slug Defender | Ball Slug/Drum Slug | Slug Square | TS-001 | Slug Rising/Slug Striker | Giant Copter/Copter Arms | Coil Tank | Ashley's Slug Flyer | Tail Slug | Patrol Slug | Pile Impact | "Phi's 3D Printer" | Slug Sniper
Animal SV-Camel | Elephant Slug | Ostrich Slug | Donkey Slug | Tiger Slug | Turtle Slug | Seahorse Slug | Felsteed
A.I. MS-Alice | MS-Heart | Phi
Transport Middle-Son 1986 | Borobune Slug | Motorcycle | Emergency Boat | Regular Army Helicopter | Landseek | PA33-21 Boat | RA-TTT
Other Middle-Son 1999 | SV-002 | Black Hound | Rootmars Slug | Regular Di-Cokka | Mr. Sluggles | S.A.M. Defender | 7000 Class Locomotive | Regular Iron Nokana
Wearable Parachute Drop | Scuba Gear | Jetpack | Drop Pack | Hoist | Metal Device | Doll | XA-01 Juggernaut
Stationary AA Machine Gun | Toy Union Cannon | Super Cannon
Metal Slug Tetsuyuki | Hairbuster Riberts | Tani Oh | Shoe & Karn | Iron Nokana | Hi-Do

Mini-Bata | Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 2/X The Keesi II / Iron Nokana MK II (X) | Aeshi Nero | Dragon Nosuke | Big Shiee | Hozmi | Rugname

Mosque Artillery | The Keesi II (X) | Karn (X) | Allen O'Neil | Dai-Manji

Metal Slug 3 Huge Hermit | Monoeye UFO | Jupiter King | Sol Dae Rokker | Rootmars

Twin Ohumein-Conga | Monoeyes | Hairbuster Riberts | Hi-Do | Rugname | Fake Rootmars | Clone Incubator

Metal Slug 4 Brave Guerrier | Toschka Dalanue | The Iron | Big John | Sea Satan | Amadeus Mother Computer

Mecha Allen O'Neil

Metal Slug 5 Metal Rear | Shooting Ray | Screamer | Sand Marine | Avatar of Evil

Black Hound | Stone Turtle (unused) | Gaia Elephant | Ptolemaios (unused)

Metal Slug 6 Bull Drill | Iron Sentinel | Brain Robot | Elder Centipede | Invader King

Invader Controller

Metal Slug 7/XX Worm Mecha | Crablops | Destroyed Crablops | Fall Mecha | The Union | Rebel Gigant | Kraken

Scrap Tower | Big Gate

Metal Slug: 1st Mission Rebel VTOL | Rebel Train | Macba | Rebel Zeppelin | Electromagnetic Crane | Weapons Port Boss | Hilde Garn

Facility Elevator | Macba | Rebel Truck

Metal Slug: 2nd Mission Big Bertha | Terrain Carrier | Rebel Reactor | Macba | Rebel Submarine | Tani Oh | Wired | Rebel Airplane | Hilde Garn's Slug | Rocket UFO

Power Generators | Rebel Rocket | Hyakutaro

Metal Slug Advance Formor | Emain Macha | Kaladgolg | The Keesi III | Cabracan

Allen Jr.

Metal Slug 3D Parachuetruck | Mosque Artillery | Spider-Bot | Underground Cruise Missile | Morden's Battleship | Morden's Castle | Allen O'Neil | Lugus | Lieu
Metal Slug Attack Pharaoh's Arc | Ptolemaios | Ball Slug | Great Mother | Mars Gigantalos | K-O3 Coupled Armored Vehicle | Land Blowfish | Cyclobster | Slug Square | Zoni Doloma | Quadro Jumper | Denturion | D-Gu | Fortmeranian | Rock Mole | Giant Copter | Et A Omnis | Vortex | Digger Base | Crusty Legs | Armored Crawler | Queen Big Snail | 7000 Class Locomotive | Riviere Hyll | Metal Fusioner No.223
Mobile games Rocket Control Room | Unknown Alien | Hellfire | Spiderbot | Cyclops | Mega Laser Turret | Mars Battle UFO | M-32 Water Carrier Plane | Kourai | Alien Floating Structure